Full Tilt Poker and the Fox Sports Network continue to provide the best live tournament poker action on the television today. In the past, the two entities have teamed up to present invitational events from Las Vegas (July 2005 at the Wynn Hotel) and Monaco (following last year's Monte Carlo Millions) and Fox Sports Network was the first and only network to ever broadcast a final table from a major tournament in 2004. Now they team up to present what might be a preview of some of the action at the World Series with the "FullTiltPoker.net Pro Showdown From Red Rock" on June 22nd (Tonight) at 6PM Eastern Time.
As with the Monaco invitational event, Full Tilt has brought together seven of the best players from their online poker room for what will be a million dollar battle. The seven player single table tournament will follow the format that was set out during the Monaco invitational event. Each player will put up $120,000 and Hollybrook Regency, Inc. (the tournament promoter) will add in another $160,000 to round out the pot. The seven players then will commence to the fight on the felt with first place paying out $600,000, the runner up spot earning 280,000 and the third place finisher basically getting their money back for their efforts.
Full Tilt has brought together a formidable field for the "FullTiltPoker.net Pro Showdown From Red Rock". Between the players at the final table, there are a grand total of 22 World Series of Poker bracelets and a wealth of other poker experience. Leading the players to the table will be former World Champion Chris "Jesus" Ferguson, who will be joined by fellow Tilters Phil Ivey (who has won two of the previous live poker broadcasts on FSN, including last year's event in Monaco), Erik Seidel, John Juanda, Mike "The Mouth" Matusow, Erick Lindgren and Clonie Gowen for what should be an entertaining "sit and go" and should be an excellent display of poker just days before the World Series begins in Las Vegas.
Veteran sports announcer Barry Tompkins will call the action and will be assisted by two of the best poker minds around. Professional player Howard "The Professor" Lederer steps up for color commentary (perhaps one of these times we'll see Howard play in an FSN broadcast) and Tompkins will also have the additional insight of poker author and player Michael Konik.
Fox Sports has to be commended for their continued commitment to not just live poker on television but to the game overall. This will be the fourth time that the network has broadcast a live event and adds in nicely to the wealth of poker programming that the network has presented here in 2006 (which includes the PokerDome Challenge, the Monte Carlo Millions, the Aussie Millions and the Poker Superstars International, among others). FSN also presents one of the best learning tools that a poker player can watch with the "Learn From The Pros" series that is continually running on the network.
The "FullTiltPoker.net Pro Showdown From Red Rock" should be just the thing to whet appetites for this year's World Series. From the event as well, we should be able to get a good read on who has their game in shape for the upcoming World Series of Poker, which starts the following week. Warm up your TiVo's or make sure you're near a television on Thursday night as Fox Sports Network and Full Tilt once again bring excellent live poker to television at 6PM Eastern Time (be sure to check local Fox Sports Network channels for actual broadcast time).
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